Obama administration vetoed a U.S. trade panel's ban on the import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored South Korea's Samsung over Apple in their long-running patent battle. The move was vehemently criticized by the South Korean media as "protectionism."
"We express concerns about the negative impact that such a decision would have on the protection of patent rights," the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, said in a statement.
Apple and Samsung, the world's top two smartphones makers, have been waging a global patent war since 2011, filing multiple lawsuits against each other over the design, interface and technology of their devices.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in June banned the import and sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T Inc (T.N), saying the devices infringed on one patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.
Samsung had also accused Apple of infringing on three other patents, but the ITC found that Apple did not infringe those. A Samsung spokesman said on Monday the electronics giant in July appealed the ITC decision on the three patents.
LG Display is looking to get a ban on sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in South Korea, claiming that it violates three of their patents covering the display. LG Display can also be seeking damages of US$933,000 daily for ongoing infractions while Samsung continues to sell named device. The most recent move is surely an escalation in a patent dispute involving the two companies over display patents.
Back in September, LG Display filed a patent lawsuit against numerous Samung smartphones citing OLED related patents. Samsung denies the claims, and possesses previously noted that it holds more display related patents than LG Display - so a tit-for-tat dispute could escalate even further if the two sides cannot agree funds.
In November, Samsung retaliated by filing its own suit against LG seeking to invalidate the patents in question on the grounds that they "lack innovation."
LG unveils the entire image of the LG Optimus G Pro and South Korea is said to get a bigger and better version of the said device. It will feature a 5.5" display with a 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 GB memory and a 32GB, expandable storage via microSD. It also boasts of a 13MP camera, wherein photos and videos can be viewed on Full HD resolution.
Bigger specs means bigger battery consumption and the LG Optimus G Pro might still fare well in this department because of its 3140 mAH battery. The huge screen will definitely make use of precious battery life, so you do have to consider this when buying. The South Korean version is only a little different from its smaller brother that was launched in Japan. The only difference is the slightly larger display. Fans will surely be divided on what to go with: The Korean or the Japanese version?
A pink Samsung Galaxy S III that recently showed up in South Korea has now been made official. It's only available for the South Koreans for now. The pink Galaxy S III includes 32 GB of storage. It'll be available tomorrow, on September 26. Obviously Samsung is aiming it at the younger crowd along with women.
The pink superphone will be available on all of Korea's three operators, but only 100,000 units will be produced. Maybe the company is hoping for some Apple-style lines outside of the stores tomorrow. We'll see how that plays out.
Samsung has also mentioned that it's managed to sell over 3 million Galaxy S III units in its home market alone. That's a pretty impressive feat in a country with 50 million inhabitants.
According to a popular South Korean website, Samsung will be bringing the Samsung Galaxy Premier to South Korea (Model: SHV-E220) with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor Exynos 4412, this was believed to be what was rumored to be called Samsung Galaxy Pop. Based on the facts that they have the same processor, and many other similiar features.
The Galaxy Premier uses a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED Display, Android 4.1.2 OS with new TouchWiz UI, 3G/LTE, DMB, 8 0r 16GB internal memory, 8MP and 2MP cameras and 2100mAh battery. The phone is expected to launch on SKT, KT and LG U+.
- Model: SHV-E220
- Code Name: Galaxy POP
- Display : 4.65 inch HD (1280*720) Super-Amoled
- CPU / GPU : Eynose4412 Quadcore 1.4Ghz / Mali
- OS : Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- Launcher : Touchwiz 5.0
- Network : 3G / LTE
- RAM : 1GB
- ROM : 8G or 16G
- Battery : 2100mAh
Rumors are correct, Samsung has just officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Pop Model (SHV-E220S) for the South Korean market. Samsung is targeting the device to young folks with its colorful choices of white, gray and orange hues. The wider color choices and 9.05mm slim body design will make it more like a fashion statement. It runs on the latest IS Jelly Bean and 1.4 GHz Quad Core AP with LTE connection to enjoy voice and video data real time.
On the features side, the 9.05mm thin phone also comes with the LTE support, Android 4.1. It also features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, 2100mAh battery and software enhancements like Smart Stay, S Beam, Popup Play, various Hubs etc.
The phone is priced at 700,000 won and will come with a flip cover.
Even though Valentine's day is behind us, it looks like Samsung are seeing the gizmo lust in feminine eyes with the Samsung Galaxy Note II, arriving in Korea, all dressed in pink.
This Pink-color Galaxy Note II will be arriving on all of South Korean carriers and will join the rest of the available colors, which comprised of White, Titanium Grey, Amber Brown and Ruby Wine.
The specifications are the same. The phone will be available from the 22nd of this month on all three carriers of the South Korean Market.